Many of us have at least one unsightly mole that we would like to remove, which leads us to wonder why we even have them. Moles are simply skin growths and are formed when melanocytes, pigmented skin cells, grow in clusters. Some moles we have at birth, while others can develop over time.
Many people have anywhere from 10-50 moles on their body, all ranging in size, color and shape. Some are brown, tan or pink, round or oval, flat or even raised. One out of every ten people have an atypical mole that is different from the others – they are called dysplastic nevi and can lead to melanoma, a type of skin cancer, and should be removed.
Some people are apprehensive when it comes to mole removal because of the cutting, burning or freezing of the mole, and are even deterred from mole removal due to scarring or discoloration. Be assured that Dr. Bishop and his team of experts pay exceptional attention to detail when it comes to sensitive and delicate procedures such as mole removal. They are aware that unsightly moles are not only a cosmetic issue, but a health issue as well and take extra measures to create the best possible outcome for appearance and desired results.
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Most moles are benign skin lesions, and if large enough can be removed. Other moles may be cancerous or precancerous and Dr. Bishop can help with diagnosis and removal. There are several ways to remove your mole:
- Surgical removal
- Liquid nitrogen
- Glycolic or salicylic acid peels
Mole removal is an outpatient procedure, lasting only a few hours. Dr. Bishop will provide care instructions for proper healing to minimize any scarring or discoloration.
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